Sanchez stays on top

Spanish riders dominate UCI world rankings

Spanish riders dominate the latest world rankings released by the UCI, following a fortnight of solid results for riders from that country.

Luis Leon Sanchez continues to lead the standings thanks to his consistent start to the year, with the likes of Oscar Freire winning Milan-San Remo, Joaquin Rodriguez taking out the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde placing in some of the early-season stage races.

Consequently, five Spaniards sit in the top 10 of the latest rankings, with world champion Cadel Evans maintaining momentum in fourth place and Rein Taaramae making his presence felt with an appearance in eighth, the Cofidis rider having previously been in 29th spot.

The big mover was Bernhard Eisel, who moved up 42 places to 15th following his win in Gent-Wevelgem. The Austrian sits just two points behind former teammate Greg Henderson, who coincidentally slipped four places to 14th. The man who took second behind Eisel last weekend, Sep Vanmarcke, was the standout name, his performance helping him break through into the top 20, having previously been unranked in the UCI standings.

Another rider to climb the rankings was Cervélo TestTeam's Xavier Tondo, who shot up to 11th courtesy of a stage win in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. A great performance in that same stage and indeed the race also helped Joaquin Rodriquez to his second in the rankings, the Katusha rider now sitting 80 points behind leader and countryman Sanchez.

It's no surprise therefore, that Spain tops the nations and teams rankings, sitting well ahead of Italy in the list of countries, with Australia still holding onto third place. Sanchez's Caisse d'Epargne maintains its grip as the best squad in the rankings, with HTC-Columbia and now Katusha sitting in second and third respectively.

UCI World Rankings - individuals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne222 pts
2Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha142 
3André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia119 
4Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team116 
5Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone109 
6Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana107 
7Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank100 
8Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne100 
9Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne99 
10Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana96 
11Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervelo Test Team92 
12Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step86 
13Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni86 
14Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team85 
15Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia83 
16Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo80 
17Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini78 
18Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha68 
19Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox62 
20Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator60 
21Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto60 
22Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo58 
23Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale55 
24Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram54 
25Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi53 
26Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank52 
27Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank51 
28Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto44 
29George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team40 
30Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream40 
31Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team40 
32Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia40 
33Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream34 
34Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo30 
35Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni30 
36Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha30 
37Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox30 
38Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo21 
39Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo21 
40Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank12 
41Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Slipstream11 
42Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank11 
43Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack10 
44Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini10 
45Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto10 
46Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram8 
47Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream7 
48Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone7 
49Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne7 
50Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto7 
51Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana6 
52Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack6 
53Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack6 
54Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne6 
55Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step6 
56Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram6 
57William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6 
58Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia6 
59Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank6 
60Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
61Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
62Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha6 
63Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini5 
64Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank5 
65Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux5 
66Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
67Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack5 
68Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux4 
69Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram4 
70Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini4 
71Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4 
72Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne4 
73Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram4 
74Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank4 
75Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini4 
76Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
77David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
78Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni2 
79Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
80Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne1 
81Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team1 
82Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
83Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
84Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram1 
85Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia1 
86Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team1 
87Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank1 
88Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha1 
89Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Caisse D'Epargne1 
90Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team1 
91Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux1 
92Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox1 
93Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
94Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caisse D'Epargne327 pts
2Team HTC - Columbia249 
3Team Katusha247 
7BMC Racing Team157 
8Cervelo Test Team132 
9Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni118 
10Acqua & Sapone116 
11Omega Pharma-Lotto115 
12Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne113 
13Lampre-Farnese Vini101 
14Sky Professional Cycling Team99 
15Colnago - Csf Inox93 
16Quick Step92 
17Garmin - Slipstream92 
18Team Milram76 
19Team Saxo Bank76 
20Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator60 
21Euskaltel - Euskadi56 
22Ag2R La Mondiale55 
23Team Radioshack27 
24Française Des Jeux12 
25BBox Bouygues Telecom11 
27Saur - Sojasun6 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Spain670 pts
9New Zealand85 
11Czech Republic80 
13United States53 
22South Africa11 
24Great Britain6 

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